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Saint Augustine
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You have found that you were more secure before you accumulated so much. See what greed has imposed on you: You have filled your house and now you fear burglars. You have hoarded money and lost sleep. See what greed has commanded you: "Do this!" And you did it. Saint Augustine
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There is no greater invitation to love than loving first. Saint Augustine
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Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Saint Augustine
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He who created you without you will not justify you without you. Saint Augustine
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Consequently, if the republic is the weal of the people, and there is no people if it be not associated by a common acknowledgment of right, and if there is no right where there is no justice, then most certainly it follows that there is no republic where there is no justice. Saint Augustine
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It is the function of perfection to make one know one's imperfection. Saint Augustine
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There are three ways in which sins are forgiven: in baptism, in prayer, and in the greater humility of penance; yet God does not forgive sins except to the baptized Saint Augustine
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God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless Saint Augustine
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Let us sing a new song, not with our lips, but with our lives. Saint Augustine
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Two works of mercy set a person free: Forgive and you will be forgiven, and give and you will receive. Saint Augustine
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Only He who made man makes man happy. Saint Augustine
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Carnal lust rules where there is no love of God. Saint Augustine
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If there is something more excellent than the truth, then that is God; if not, then truth itself is God. Saint Augustine
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The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave. Saint Augustine
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...If humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are fruitless. Saint Augustine
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This entire most beautiful order of good things is going to pass away after its measure has been exhausted; for both morning and evening were made in them. Saint Augustine
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Make me a captive Lord, then I shall be truly free. Saint Augustine
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Love the sinner and hate the sin. Saint Augustine
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We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God. Saint Augustine
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Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart never resteth till it findeth rest in Thee. Saint Augustine
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Unless you believe, you will not understand. Saint Augustine
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Love and do what you want. If you stop talking, you will stop talking with love; if you shout, you will shout with love; if you correct, you will correct with love. Saint Augustine
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It will not be held against you that you are ignorant against your will, but that you neglect to seek out what it is that makes you ignorant; not that you cannot bring together your wounded limbs, but that you reject Him that would heal them. Saint Augustine
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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Saint Augustine
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For I did not know that the soul needs to be enlightened by light from outside itself, so that it can participate in truth, because it is not itself the nature of truth. Saint Augustine
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Humility is first, second and third in Christianity. Saint Augustine
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The Law is not in fault, but our evil and wicked nature; even as a heap of lime is still and quiet until water is poured on it, but then it begins to smoke and burn, not from the fault of the water, but from the nature of the lime, which will not endure it. Saint Augustine
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What grace is meant to do is to help good people, not to escape their sufferings, but to bear them with a stout heart, with a fortitude that finds its strength in faith. Saint Augustine
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If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good? Saint Augustine
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Whole prayer is nothing but love. Saint Augustine
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God has promised forgiveness to your repentance; but He has not promised to-morrow to your procrastination. Saint Augustine
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Heaven forbid that we should believe in such a way as not to accept or seek reasons, since we could not even believe if we did not possess rational souls. Saint Augustine
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It's not in the book or in the writer that readers discern the truth of what they read; they see it in themselves, if the light of truth has penetrated their minds. Saint Augustine
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We both exist and know that we exist, and rejoice in this knowledge. Saint Augustine
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Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God. Saint Augustine
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"Give us this day our daily bread," by "this day" we mean "at this time," when we either ask for that sufficiency, signifying the whole of our need under the name of bread, which is the outstanding part of it, or for the sacrament of the faithful, which is necessary at this time for attaining not so much this temporal as that eternal happiness. Saint Augustine
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What the universal Church holds, not as instituted [invented] by councils but as something always held, is most correctly believed to have been handed down by apostolic authority. Since others respond for children, so that the celebration of the sacrament may be complete for them, it is certainly availing to them for their consecration, because they themselves are not able to respond. Saint Augustine
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There is a God-shaped vacuum in every man that only Christ can fill. Saint Augustine
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The mere change of custom, even though it may be of advantage in some respects, unsettles men by reason of the novelty: therefore, if it brings no advantage, it does much harm by unprofitably disturbing the Church. Saint Augustine
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It was in His flesh that Christ walked among us and it is His flesh that He has given us to eat for our salvation; but no one eats of this flesh without having first adored it . . . and not only do we not sin in thus adoring it, but we would be sinning if we did not do so. Saint Augustine
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There is nothing more serious than the sacrilege of schism because there is no just cause for severing the unity of the Church. Saint Augustine
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Do not wander far and wide but return into yourself. Deep within man there dwells the truth. Saint Augustine
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Singing is a lover's thing. Saint Augustine
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The Kingdom of Heaven, O man, requires no other price than yourself. The value of it is yourself. Give yourself for it and you shall have it. Saint Augustine
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The wicked have told me of things that delight them, but not such things as your law has to tell. Saint Augustine
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I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love...I sought what I might love, in love with loving. Saint Augustine
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Don't let your life give evidence against your tongue. Sing with your voices... sing also with your conduct. Saint Augustine
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It is not often that we use language correctly; usually we use it incorrectly, though we understand each others meaning. Saint Augustine
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And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. Saint Augustine
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I will not live an instant that I do not live in love. Whoever loves does all things without suffering, or, suffering, loves his suffering. Saint Augustine
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It is impossible that there should be inhabitants on the opposite side of the Earth, since no such race is recorded by Scripture among the descendants of Adam. Saint Augustine
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Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent. For the name angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit; you ask its office, it is that of an Angel, which is a messenger. Saint Augustine
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Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament. Saint Augustine
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All those who belong to Jesus Christ are fastened with Him to the cross. Saint Augustine
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If you excuse yourself in confession, you shut up sin within your soul, and shut out pardon. Saint Augustine
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For whenever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism. Saint Augustine
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Now the Apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, says, "Knowledge inflates: but love edifies." The only correct inerpretation of this saying is that knowledge is valuable when charity informs it. Without charity, knowledge inflates; that is, it exalts man to an arrogance which is nothing but a kind of windy emptiness. Saint Augustine
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Not to give to those in need what is to you superfluous is akin to fraud. Saint Augustine
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There can only be two basic loves... the love of God unto the forgetfulness of self, or the love of self unto the forgetfulness and denial of God. Saint Augustine
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If you understood him, it would not be God. Saint Augustine
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No one knows what he himself is made of, except his own spirit within him, yet there is still some part of him which remains hidden even from his own spirit; but you, Lord, know everything about a human being because you have made him...Let me, then, confess what I know about myself, and confess too what I do not know, because what I know of myself I know only because you shed light on me, and what I do not know I shall remain ignorant about until my darkness becomes like bright noon before your face. Saint Augustine
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He who does little, but in a state to which God calls him, does more than he who labors much, but in a state which he has thoughtlessly chosen: a cripple limping in the right way is better than a racer out of it. Saint Augustine
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Even in waging war, cherish the spirit of peace-maker; that, by conquering those whom you attack, you may lead them back to the advantages of peace. Saint Augustine
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It is easy to want things from the Lord and yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver. Saint Augustine
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I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write. Saint Augustine
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By means of corporal and temporal things we may comprehend the eternal and the spiritual. Saint Augustine
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If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will... Saint Augustine
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Let him who desires to be harsh in making demands upon his debtors consider that he is God's debtor. Saint Augustine
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The truth is like a lion; you don't have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself. Saint Augustine
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Peace in society depends upon peace in the family. Saint Augustine
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